The Sustainably Grown Award Winning Vegan Friendly Wine from New Zealand

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One of the most recognised grape varieties anywhere in the world is the Sauvignon Blanc. The most famous ones are from France (Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume) and New Zealand (Marlborough). The ones from France are generally more mineral-driven in flavour than non-French ones. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has very aromatic “green” flavours such as gooseberry, nettles, cut grass, and lots of citrus.

The Sauvignon Blanc grape benefits most from regions where it is cool and not too warm. This is because the grapes best features are the pungent aromas and zesty characteristics which can be lost if they get too ripe. As a result, the most optimal growing conditions come from Marlborough in New Zealand where the warm days are offset by the cooling ocean breezes. The Black Cottage is located in the Wairau Valley of Marlborough, and is the home of winemaker David Clouston as well as the base of operations for their award winning wines.

Their 2019 vintage Sauvignon Blanc is one such example, winning many accolades in New Zealand. Their vineyards are sustainably grown, family-run, and even vegan friendly! Their focus on a sustainable approach has increased biodiversity and improved soil health. Even the bottles are made light weight to reduce carbon emissions! Its flavour profile is a very classic New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc with very pungent aromas of cut grass, peach, and gooseberry. The palate is full of green apple acidity leading to a refreshingly dry finish. It is no surprise that this wine has earned the “Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy” in the NZ Aromatic Wine Competition 2019.

Two Rivers Sauvignon Blanc is No.1

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A superb example of Marlborough Sauvignon combining the best characteristics of the Awatere and Wairau valleys- small wonder that each year it keeps on picking up countless awards. Attractive, fresh and bright aromas of green herb, gooseberry, cut grass and a touch of passionfruit. Very clean on the palate but not hard, with green apple, green pineapple and lychee being the dominant flavour characteristics. For such a young wine it is showing very well and with a little more age the finish will round out a little and the exotic fruit notes will become more apparent. Chuck it at all manner of seafood and exotic, spicy cuisines- it will cope.

Two Rivers founder and winemaker, Dave Clouston, also makes our ever popular Black Cottage Wines.